Last year, I collaborated with my art teacher and engineering aideto do an interdisciplinary zoo project. Our first graders learned how to do research on habitats in the library using PebbleGo and BrainPop Jr., then they moved to the art room to begin learning about zoos, and finally we went to the engineering room to construct our habitats. It was a huge success, and we were excited to do it again this year. We kept the project the same with the caveat of only having one class in the engineering room at a time (instead of two) and during the presentation, decided to use the library as a space as well to ease up on the crowds.
The other innovation we added (post-production, as it were) was to incorporate stop motion into the project. I learned about the app KomaKoma at the EdTech Boston conference and introduced it to coworkers through a class I taught on video in the classroom. Rachel thought that it would be fun to add a stop motion component to the zoo project so that the students could move their animals around the habitat. It was time consuming but fun, and the kids LOVED the experience (even if the adults were the ones in control of the iPads).
Welcome to the Carlisle Zoo!
My time with the upper elementary students at Nathan Hale was unfortunately, a little uneven due to holidays, standardized testing, snow days, and schedule changes, but we still managed to get some great learning done.
We began with a biography project focusing on famous African Americans in honor of Black History Month (3rd grade), and a general selection of famous personalities for the older grades. 3rd graders used Glogster to express their learning, while the older kids created "scrapbook pages" of their work. Unfortunately, I neglected to take photos of their work, but I do have a video showing the 3rd graders' work:
Though my tenure at Nathan Hale ended in late May, I've shamefully neglected this blog all summer. However, with school (and work) starting in mere weeks (where did the summer go?!), I thought it best to get myself back into "school mode" and update. What better place to start than with a quick overview of the major units we did in the Nathan Hale Library?
The main focus of the spring was preparing for our author visit by Joseph Bruchac. Thanks to my local public library, I borrowed a stack of his books and introduced them to students in all grades, though K1-3 heard the most stories.
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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